Dr. Estela S. Estapé is a Medical Technologist with a PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology. She was a Veteran’s Administration Merit Review Investigator for almost 16 years before becoming Dean of the School of Health Professions (SoHP) at the Medical sciences Campus (MSC), UPR.
Since 2001 Dr. Estapé has been the Director of the Post-Doctoral Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSc), program offered between the SoHP and Medicine. She has spear headed the approval of millions in grant support for clinical research training and education to address health disparities. The first planning grant set the foundation for the development of the MSc, NIH CRECD R21AR48043. The MSc supports the creation of partnerships of clinicians, physicians and basic scientists as an effective way to increase clinical research productivity. Two continuous NIH grants R25RR17589 (2002-2012) has allowed the program to continue to expand.
An important achievement in 2008 was the approval of the Hispanics in Research Capability: SoHP and SoM Partnership (HiREC), NIH, NIMHD S21MD001830 Endowment of 15m. Its mission is to expand and sustain high quality clinical and translational research training program and research infrastructure that will enhance minority health and increase health disparities research activities. In 2009 an NIH ARRA Supplement was approved to support training and career development activities that will allow the MSc program to offer courses in distance learning.
Dr. Estapé has served in several Boards including the Board of Directors of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions; Association for Clinical Research Training (ACRT) and the Drug Testing Advisory Board, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. She participated actively in the NIH CTSA Education Committee that worked in the development of competencies for translational research and at present is the PRCTRC Multidisciplinary Training and Career Development Key Function leader.